The Oakmont Sunday Symposium is open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests. If the speaker requests the program be video recorded, an edited copy will be posted here two or three days later for those who could not attend in person. The Symposium solicits comments and suggestions about our programs from our audience. Click on Contact Us.
Click here to listen our latest audio recording:
Bill McNamara, "Plant Hunting in China" on November 24, 2013.
Click here to view our latest video:
Arnold Kunst, "The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln" on September 15, 2013.
DECEMBER 8th -- WHO WANTS A $12 MILLION STUFFED SHARK?
Today's "high" art market is a connivance of money and mayhem. Artists, dealers, collectors, and auction houses all have a hand in works selling in the millions. What is driving this phenomenon? How are patrons and artists responding? And who would buy an ultra-contemporary stuffed shark floating in formaldehyde, inside a two ton vitrine tank, for $12 million?
Art historian, Linda Loveland Reid, leads us on an adventure into this least known area of the art world. She will show images of works from artists, such as Richard Diebenkorn, Damien Hirst, Picasso, Jeff Koons, Lucian Freud, Cindy Sherman, Gustav Klimt, Cezanne, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. She will demonstrated how Art produced today can be wild, exasperating, and fun.
Ms. Reid is a graduate of Sonoma State University (SSU), graduating cum laude "with distinction" in History and Art History. She taught Bay Area Artists at SSU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in 2012 and 2013. She is Past President of Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the prestigious California Writers Club, and has authored two published novels (Touch of Magenta and Something in Stone). She is an artist who works in figurative oils and also directs theater for 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa and other various community-theaters in Sonoma and Marin Counties
DECEMBER 15th -- WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
There will be no speaker today as we celebrate the Winter Solstice with a gathering of our Oakmont friends who have supported Sunday Symposium during the past year. The celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. There is no charge, but please bring finger food for 4-6 people to share. All beverages will be provided and there will be musical entertainment.
In the Northern Hemisphere the winter solstice is the time at which the sun appears at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. This year, it will occur at 5:11 p.m. on December 21st. That day will have the shortest daylight of the year and north of the Arctic Circle (66.5° north of the equator), there will be 24 hours of darkness. The Winter Solstice has had cultural significance throughout human history. Children's Day is celebrated to honor our children and to bring warmth, light and cheerfulness into the dark time of the year.
JANUARY 5TH – THE CLIMATE CRISIS: SCIENCE, DENIAL, SOLUTIONS
The Oakmont Sunday Symposium returns from its hiatus over the holidays with a presentation about the challenges of climate change. How serious is the threat of climate change to human civilization? Recent data indicate more rapid warming and accelerating greenhouse gas emissions than previously projected. As our political leaders attempt to address this challenge, disinformation floods the public space creating confusion and delay.
Dr. Peter Joseph, co-founder of the San Francisco Bay chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, will discuss what must be done to reduce emissions and begin to pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. These efforts are needed to avoid dangerous climate change and return the Earth to a safe-climate future. He will also address how the public and political decision-makers can cut through resistance and denial in order to do what is necessary.
Dr. Joseph earned his M.D. from The University of Michigan Medical School with a Board Certification in Internal Medicine. He began practicing Emergency Medicine in 1977. He has served as an Emergency Physician at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, California (1983-2011), and a member of the clinical faculty at Stanford, UCSF and Highland Hospitals. In January 2007, Dr. Joseph was chosen to participate in a training program in Nashville organized by Vice President Al Gore to learn how to develop information for Mr. Gore's global warming presentations. After a 35 year career in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Joseph now devotes his time to educating the public about the looming consequences of climate destabilization and solutions that area available now.
SYMPOSIUM BOARD MEMBERSHIP
The Sunday Symposium is looking for Oakmont residents who would like to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. There is important work needed in developing programs, publicity, and information technology which keep the Symposium's 35-week annual season going. If interested in serving on the Board, or for other information, about the Oakmont Sunday Symposium and its past and future programs, click on Contact Us.
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